No one likes to be in pain. So when your stiff knee from a past sports injury starts to act up or the arthritis in your neck begins to stiffen due to the weather, it’s time to do something about it. Chronic pain, arthritis and various injuries can put a damper on your everyday life. It can become increasingly frustrating when your daily activities are accompanied by pain. This can take a toll on your mental and physical health by not being able to do what you used to do. Luckily, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy may be able to help.
What Is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma is the concentrate of platelet rich plasma proteins which is derived from whole blood and separated to remove the red blood cells. PRP is defined as “autologous blood with concentrations of platelets above baseline levels, which contains at least seven growth factors.” The growth factors in PRP can heal damaged tissues as it works by naturally triggering the localized inflammation, collagen production and using other regenerative processes. Taken from the patient’s own body, the PRP is then injected to another site where the affected area is and will begin to promote these growth factors.
Who Can Benefit?
PRP can provide relief for anyone with the following conditions:
- Chronic pain in areas such as the neck, lower back, knees and/or shoulders
- Those suffering from arthritis or osteoarthritis
- Torn ligaments
- Sciatica/Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Injuries due to sports
- Instability, loss of balance, stiffness and loss of flexibility/range of motion
PRP therapy will then help these problems by supplying the areas of injury with natural proteins, cytokines, stem cells and other bioactive growth factors. It will help with reducing the deterioration of joints, damaged tissue fibers and the chronic pain.